During the Sparkle Wrap-Up meeting yesterday, the six participating non-profits took home their checks. Each group earned between $1,400 to $1,700!! THANK YOU to all the businesses that donated, purchased ad space in the event’s program, and all those who came out the night of the event and partied with us!! A very special THANK YOU to Skowhegan Savings Bank for being our Corporate Sponsor!! Without everyone’s help, Sparkle would not have been nearly as successful! To learn how your non-profit organization can participate in next year’s event, please contact Nicole @ 207-368-4698 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s an idea from Becky McCray at smallbizsurvival.com
Ever found out about an event or project in your town only after it was happening? Ever wish you could have helped with something, or helped stop it, if you only knew it was coming?
See, even in a small town, we don’t keep each other informed like you’d think we should. Rather than each of us remembering who all might be interested (which we forget to do), why not just get folks together and compare organization calendars once a month or so?
How would you do this?
Invite some people to coffee. People like members of your town council, your chamber of commerce, your school board, or your county government. Any organizations related to yours.
Ask them to bring their organizations’ calendars.
Go somewhere together and get some coffee.
Let each group go over their calendar and tell what they have going on.
That’s all. Just share coffee and calendars. Yes, declare it as an official public meeting of each group if the law requires. Whatever you need to do to stay legal, but keep the coffee discussion itself informal.
Each week a member’s business is selected to be showcased. Do you want to have your business be a Business of the Week?? Send over any promotions or specials along with your businesses description and we will come up with a news blast!
It’s that time of year again! The Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce is gearing up once again for the publication of the annual Guide Book. As you are well aware, we try to advertise our participating towns as much as possible. This year, we’re looking to include some new photographs of your town and local hot spots that can best showcase what your neighborhood has to offer!! This may include scenic views, historic buildings, or maybe even some pictures of past community events. I have included this year’s ad ordering form, and you can review your town’s information either in the current Guide Book or on our website at www.ourchamber.org. If you would like any changes made to your town’s information or would like to have important community dates included, such as town festivals, or other special occasions, please let me know ASAP. As always, we’re trying to promote your town for tourism and/or sigh seeing as much as possible, so send in those pictures & dates, and we will do the rest!
Please Join the Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce on Friday, December 19 & Saturday, December 20, at Aubuchon Hardware’s Grand Opening in their new building on Moosehead Trail in Newport! Stop in and check out their new store, merchandise, and see how Aubuchon Hardware in Newport can “Fix you right Up!”
GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION OF
Friday, October 10th & Saturday, October 11th
Crossroads Beverage, Co, the second store to be opened by the owners of Bangor Wine and Cheese, will be celebrating its GRAND OPENING on Columbus Day Weekend. The weekend’s festivities include: Beer Tastings, Wine Tastings, a LIVE Radio Broadcast, Giveaways, and MORE!!
Crossroads Beverage features a HUGE 20 Door, Walk-In Beer Cave, a Cave Beer Wall, and a fantastic selection of wines ranging from value to valuable, a FIORE Artisan Olive Oil and Vinegars Tasting Bar, and excellent selection of cheese and frozen specialty foods.
Join the Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, October 11th at 10:00am for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to welcome Crossroads Beverage as a new member to our Chamber!!
Nicole was born and raised in Stetson and attended Central High in Corinth. She grew up on her aunt’s horse farm learning about small business and the day to day struggles they encompass. Hard work and long hours on the farm instilled a passion for the equine breed that Nicole still embraces today. An avid rider and competitor, Nicole and her Quarter Horse gelding, Diesel participate in many events throughout the summer.
After completing two years at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, Nicole moved back to the area and went to work at Bangor Paint and Wallpaper, a small family owned and operated business specializing in Benjamin Moore Paints. There, she managed the needs of retail customers as well as everyday contractors.
Nicole is excited about her new position and offers a new perspective. She’s ready to meet the challenges that the Chamber has to offer and looks forward to meeting more of the local business owners. She also is eager to expand interest in the Valley and educate potential members of all that the Chamber has to offer. Currently, the Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce building is open 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Stop by today to welcome Nicole, as well as meet Baxter, and explore all the opportunities that the Chamber has in store for you!
Dress casual (be prepared for the possibility of mud!)